Cancel culture: exploring the unintended consequences of cancelling the Canadian national licensing clinical examination




Assessment drives learning. However, when it comes to high-stakes examinations (e.g., for licensure or certification), these assessments of learning may be seen as unnecessary hurdles by some. Licensing clinical skills assessment in particular have come under fire over the years. Recently, assessments such as the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II, a clinical skills objective structured clinical examination, have been permanently cancelled. The authors explore potential consequences of this cancellation including those that are inadvertent and undesirable. Future next steps for clinical skills assessment are explored.


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Author Biographies

Claire Touchie, University of Ottawa

Claire Touchie, MD, MHPE, FRCPC is professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa and advisor to the CEO at the Medical Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Debra Pugh, Medical Council of Canada

Debra Pugh, MD, MHPE, FRCPC is medical education advisor at the Medical Council of Canada and associate professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


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Touchie C, Pugh D. Cancel culture: exploring the unintended consequences of cancelling the Canadian national licensing clinical examination. Can. Med. Ed. J [Internet]. 2022 Jun. 21 [cited 2024 Jul. 23];13(4):62-7. Available from:



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